Ice Bath

I finally finished up this painting. I’ve been more focused on trying to get my online course set up. Don’t worry. I’ll let you know when I’ve got that ready. As always this is available for purchase in my store.

16×20 digital painting

Some of you may have heard me mention dissociation before. If not, dissociation is what happens when your brain disconnects from what’s happening around you. It can leave you feeling like what’s happening around you isn’t quite real, or that your body isn’t yours. This is a common reaction to trauma, and can be helpful in those circumstances to help the person survive and cope with the trauma. Most problems happen afterward when the brain gets stuck in this even when the person is now in a safe environment.

That’s what this painting describes. There’s a moment of being stuck in a moment and a state that you don’t want to be and isn’t helpful. However there’s also hope, because you can break this cycle, which is what the cracks in the ice symbolize. No one has to be stuck there, but it does take effort, and that effort and amount of time is different for each person.

Perhaps this painting helps you understand what some people go through after a traumatic experience. Ever person’s experience is different. So if you’re someone who’s experiencing something similar to this, please find a therapist. They can help you work through this. If you’re a person who knows someone dealing with this, the best thing you can do is be patient. You can’t force healing. Ask them what would be helpful for you do.

If you see something different in this painting, I would love to hear about it. Everyone sees things differently and that’s wonderful. Put your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to hit the like button on your out!